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Stacy
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6287549 - 01/02/14 12:53 PM

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It looks like the weekend might be good for imaging. I am thinking to head out to the Yakima canyon or perhaps Vantage. Does anyone know of a better location with dark southern views? Also anyone up for meeting up somewhere?




Looks like a possibility of decent skies Saturday night on the East side of the mountains. Too iffy for a trip though. Good luck if you go. Robert knows all the good spots.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6288204 - 01/02/14 06:15 PM

Happy New Year, all.

Been working on an image from this summer and trying out some new processing techniques. Here's what I have so far from the TAS Star Party at Chuck Jacobsen's property. This was done with the a TMB130ss and an Atik383L+.


IC5146 or the Cocoon Nebula

Made an early mistake during the processing which is not visible at this scale. I am going to go back and redo the whole thing before I post the large version.

Ajay

Edited by bluedandelion (01/02/14 06:17 PM)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6288349 - 01/02/14 07:52 PM

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I haven't seen anything from Tom (Square Peg) in a while. Anyone know what he's up to?




Hi, Brad and Happy New Year to you and to All.

I haven't talked to Tom in a couple of months, since Jacat's memorial reception, but I know he's been very involved in a couple of positive, time-consuming activities. He's spent a lot of time during the summer and fall doing volunteer trail maintenance and construction. As a hiker myself I say and and . He's also involved in the Friends of Cedar River group (I hope that's the correct name). It may be that the former is the offshoot of the latter. I'm sure we'll see him again, probably at least at Pixieland in May.




Hi, guys! Thanks for thinking about me. I've been checking the forums fairly often but I haven't been participating much as of late.

Mike has pretty much nailed it as far as what I've been up to. I'm working in facilities at the U of W now plus doing volunteer work with the Friends of the Cedar River Watershed and the Washington Trails Association. I've been getting a lot more trail time than star time lately. But hopefully I'll have a chance to balance that out this Spring. I've also taken a seat on the Cedar River Council, an advisory body to the King County Council. It's something I care about a lot.

Oh! And I'm gonna be a grandpa! My daughter is pregnant. It will be her first and my first.

Definitely looking forward to Pixieland and seeing the gang. I missed it this past year - bad move - but sadly unavoidable.


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Stacy
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: square_peg]
      #6288446 - 01/02/14 08:40 PM

Oh good, we missed you Tom!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6288679 - 01/02/14 10:39 PM

Happy New Year everyone!!
I've been in the middle of a move to new digs, so havent had
access to the net.
Great images Robert and Ajay!!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: astronomania]
      #6289588 - 01/03/14 12:41 PM

Man, I love seeing the pictures! I really like the dark nebula part of your new one, Ajay.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6289855 - 01/03/14 02:59 PM

Great image Robert!

Nice image Ajay! Did you use an OAG on that? I would assume so, very tight stars. One of these days I will be tackling PixInsight again...and pestering you with questions.

Happy New Year everyone!

Doug


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: svtdoug]
      #6290069 - 01/03/14 04:43 PM

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Oh! And I'm gonna be a grandpa! My daughter is pregnant. It will be her first and my first.




That's great, Pegs. You'll love it. You get to do the spoiling without too much responsibility for the results. Just don't let her move to Cleveland!

Is anyone motivated to get together and attempt some viewing this Sat. night? I was thinking of the John Wayne trailhead, that John Harold told us about.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6290188 - 01/03/14 06:05 PM

I'm trapped in a family gathering saturday night, to make up for christmas when nobody could get it together.

I'm hoping the fog stays low so I can image from home... I have low expectations so it may turn out better than expected


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6290471 - 01/03/14 09:00 PM Attachment (17 downloads)

EDIT: So here's how it's played out so far. the sky clears nice and deep blue color before sun down. I set up mount + scope + camera, then waiting for real darkness. Go inside for an hour... when I come back out it's drizzling! Covered up, disconnected power! Went inside... just checked> broken clouds. Hmm I think I'll give it some more time GRRRR!

earthshine through the trees tonight

Edited by zerro1 (01/04/14 12:51 AM)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6290954 - 01/04/14 01:43 AM

Probably not the image you were hoping for, Robert. I hate it whe that happens!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6291872 - 01/04/14 01:27 PM

Perfect night at the Yakima Canyon. I was on my way to Vantage but the strong wind in Ellensburg made me change my plan.
I started a wide field of the horse head and M78....too bad that Orion sets so early at our northerly latitude.
I'm heading out again tonight

Andy


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6292147 - 01/04/14 03:18 PM

Hey Tom, congrats on the grandchild! Look forward to seeing you this spring.

I'll be cleaning optics today, and plan on putting thermals on for some planetary viewing tonight!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: SteveG]
      #6292223 - 01/04/14 04:02 PM

Congratulations Tom. Hope to see you this summer.

Wish I could go observing tonight, but school starts on Monday and I have prep work to do and am scheduled for a blood donation tomorrow morning.

Ajay

Edited by bluedandelion (01/04/14 04:05 PM)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: svtdoug]
      #6292296 - 01/04/14 04:44 PM

Thanks Doug. I did use an OAG, but I did some star tightening in software as well.

Here is the final version.

IC 5146, The Cocoon Nebula, Large Version on Flickr

I cannot but think how much this is like the Iris Nebula, but this looks more like a Hibiscus. Having grown up in southern India it is my favorite flower. Something I wrote in another lifetime to describe the Hibiscus is probably suitable for this nebula as well.

Fiery wound of Prometheus
Five tongues of Kali in a whorl
Rose of Sharon
Pele's kiss to the world.

- Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6292780 - 01/04/14 09:29 PM

Nice Image Ajay!

Good luck Andy! I'd love to be out there viewing tonight!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6293169 - 01/05/14 02:27 AM

beautiful job Ajay!

If there is such a thing> I'm just recreational imaging tonight with an un-modified Canon T1i on my AT66ED. Neighbors lights are on, there is frost forming on my laptop screen, the mount I'm using is being kind of a POS tonight. Maybe tomorrow night I'll get serious. I'm enjoying the sky time without having to drive anywhere...


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6293668 - 01/05/14 11:33 AM

....what a treat! Another perfect night at the Canyon:) I hope you guys got out and played with the stars! I'm almost done collecting photons for my image. I will post soon if it turns out.
Ajay that's a beauty, I hope you will come out imaging soon.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 [Re: andysea]
      #6295144 - 01/06/14 12:20 AM

Thank you Stacy, Robert and Andy. I have about 2 hours of Ha on the Cocoon I haven't used yet. I 'm still learning how to incorporate it. Had a peek at the fat crescent moon tonight through the APM 80/500. Again color correction looks great. I am putting together a robofocus stepper system for this. Hope to do some wide-angle shots with this in the near future.

Ajay

Edited by bluedandelion (01/06/14 12:21 AM)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6295187 - 01/06/14 01:18 AM

I gutted the filter system out of my Canon 1000D today... There's now nothing but the 2" baader UV/IR filter mounted on the camera adapter and the cover glass on the sensor to limit incoming photons. And the autofocus still works!!

Getting first light now(before too many clouds roll in) So far It's looking great!!!


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